Silky Dogwood

Cornus amomum Cornaceae

Other names

Red Willow, Swamp Dogwood

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution

Native to the Finger Lakes Region, MA to GA, West to NY and TN


Houston and Grossman Ponds, Mundy Wildflower Garden, Purvis Road Natural Area

Source of plant

Mount Cuba Center, Princeton Nurseries, Ruth Nix


Plants 6' to 10' in height and spread. Rounded, multi-stemmed shrub, usually twiggy and round-topped in youth, becoming open with age, often straggly, unkempt, and without ornamental appeal. Fall colorusually green to brown, although it can be reddish purple, but is not spectacular. Young branches reddish purple, sometimes greenish; older wood is brownish purple and develops fissured areas.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

bark, winter interest